Eden Project Christchurch Ōtautahi: Ki Uta Ki Tai

Eden Project UK | Matapopore Charitable Trust | Lincoln University
There is great potential to connect people with the red zone. What is the potential offered by our river to remake Christchurch as a destination, one based on a restored environment, where biodiversity thrives and where people live, work and play – gateway into our true nature.
This eco-tourism development explores the role of water in sustaining life on this planet, and is proposed for earthquake-damaged land along the Avon Ōtākaro River in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Site Context

Anticipated sea level rise and effects from earthquakes in the red zone, Christchurch.

A project driven by landscape, water and our environment

Aerial view of the proposed design – A waterscape, a landscape, connecting the city to its river and its oceans.

Sound Shell

A performance space with 6000pax. capacity, for music, cultural, community and performance events in the heart of Eden.


Working with residents, iwi and community groups has driven a collaborative, program-based draft masterplan.

Wetland as a ‘liquid lung’

Active flood management for Christchurch on site at Eden during 1 in 50 year storm events, as well as a functional ecosystem.

Mapping Experiences

Developing a experience map centered around the story of water: its role in the environment, from the mountains to the sea.

Interactive Experiences – Rain room, Moss Room and Rainbow Room.

Movement responsive, sensory experience representative of New Zealand’s unique species and rainfall.

Collaborative design process with the UK Eden Team

Sir Tim Smit and Andrew Walley present workshop and Lincoln University School of Landscape Architecture.

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